The Cost of Your Career
This months Guest Blogger is from Maria Rainier is a hardworking freelance blogger
In case you haven’t noticed, going to university isn’t cheap.
In fact the price for university admission just keeps rising and rising, making higher education a less appealing option for students and families suffering from financial strain. A recent piece from The Telegraph details just how dire the situation is for youths who want to enroll in university over the next few years. The article explains just how high tuition costs are skyrocketing, with many university fees coming close to £9,000, not to mention the other expenses that come with attending university. That’s quite a jump considering not long ago fees for tuition cost around £3,000.
Needless to say, if you’re a student attending university, you should try your best to make every day count. Moreover, you should make every class, every assignment, and every single study session count. Because the time you spend at university may very well translate into the successes or failures of your future career. You can graduate and go on to begin a lucrative career as a young professional, or you can graduate and feel like you didn’t get anything out of the entire university experience. It’s up to you to choose how to spend your time.
I’m writing this to help guide you through the decisions you make in university, to make sure that you get the most out of the money you spend on the experience. Let’s take a look at what you should do to optimize your learning, shall we?
Choose a viable career
This point seems obvious, but hear me out. This post is meant to address university students and hopefuls with clear career ambitions, those who yearn to achieve professional and monetary success. If those are the things that you want out of career, then you need to aim for industries that are booming at this moment, those that offer the most jobs with the most room for upward mobility.
A job in engineering will likely yield more rewards over time than an academic post in the humanities, for example. That’s not to knock academia, of course, I’m just stating the facts: engineers have a better shot at a long and developed career simply because they’re in higher demand. If you want a successful career, you’re better off choosing among professions that offer a higher chance of success, no?
Choose courses that teach skills necessary for your career ambitions
Hopefully you’ve chosen a career path before you even entered university so you can devote most of your time to it, but sometimes it takes quite a while for students to sort out what profession they want to pursue. When it comes to classes, choose wisely: you want to take advantage of the little time you have to study what interests you at university, because it’ll be over before you know it.
My rule of thumb is that you should take courses that closely correspond to your desired career, preferably those that offer a hands-on education in whatever industry you pursue. Theoretical knowledge is necessary to a sound education, but you want to make sure that you learn enough practical skills in college so you can market your talents on a CV after you graduate. You want to show your potential employers that you have the applied skills of an entry-level professional if you ever hope to be hired in this shaky economy. The more of these skills you get out of college, the better you’ll look once you’ve graduated.
Maria Rainier is a hardworking freelance blogger who dispenses online education advice and useful data for students, instructors, and parents interested in the online education industry. Please share your comments with her below!
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